Vaccination FAQs

Updated as information is made available.


Why get vaccinated?

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like wearing masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC's recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. (Source: CDC)

What is our local situation?

  • Vaccinations are currently scheduled by available providers, and appointment only. Walk-up services are not available.
  • Nursing homes have separate arrangements with vaccine providers.
  • Public vaccination clinics are being planned for the future, when the supply becomes available.

How do the vaccination phases work?

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) manages the statewide distribution to local health providers including public health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics.

Who can be vaccinated now?

All adults are eligible to receive a vaccine in Texas. (As of March 29, 2021.)

How can I be vaccinated?

This depends on vaccine availability and scheduling of the provider you choose.

Please understand some providers may have to waitlist callers due to available inventory.

Where can I receive a vaccine?

DSHS reports that vaccines have been distributed to health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics and will continue to be delivered to providers each week. Currently, the following providers have received vaccine allocations.

Remember, this list expands weekly, so check the DSHS COVID-19 Vaccine Information page and Vaccine Provider Map for the most up-to-date information.

We suggest calling the providers for their availability and/or an appointment as the information changes so quickly. Have patience.

How does the State of Texas determine how many vaccines we get in McLennan County?

The Texas Department of State Health Services determines the number of doses and distribution schedule to vaccine provider locations, and due to the limited supply of vaccines some providers deplete their weekly allocations before meeting all of the local demand.

What are realistic expectations in this situation?

Please have patience. New processes require patience and flexibility. City of Waco leaders along with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District and other health providers are making plans to launch public vaccination clinics in the future as supplies become more available.

Until then, please remember:

  • Wear your mask, covering mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands, frequently, with soap, and warm water for 20 seconds.
  • Watch your distance, striving to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet whenever possible.

Where can I find out more?

The Texas Department of Health Services (DSHS) publishes a weekly vaccine allocation update that lists the name, address, and number of doses allocated to each vaccine providers for the given week. They have also provided a searchable map showing each site that has received vaccine allocations. You can search by City, County, Zip Code, or personal address to find vaccine provider locations near you.